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Prison, Police Discrimination May Contribute to HIV, Depression Among Gay Black Men

depression and anxiety among Black men who are gay, bisexual or other sexual minorities.For the study, the research team looked at the links between incarceration, police and law enforcement discrimination and recent arrest with Black sexual minority mens’ psychological distress, risk for HIV and willingness to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.“Evidence suggests Black sexual minority men in the United States may face some of the highest rates of policing and incarceration in the world,” said lead author Devin English, assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health in New Jersey.“Despite this, research examining the health impacts of the U.S. carceral system rarely focuses on their experiences.

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